Summer lunch program for kids by Food Source adds Sebright

By Lindsay Advocate

Since 2018, the Summer Outreach Lunch Program has prepared and distributed thousands of healthy bagged lunches to elementary-aged children in the Kawartha Lakes. As many families in the community rely on school-run programs, the summer months often bring anxiety surrounding food insecurity, leaving children burdened with the worry of not having enough to eat.

Through the collaboration of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, The Salvation Army Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, this program is providing lunch to any elementary-aged child who would like one this summer. Last year, they produced 588 lunches—431 distributed to children and the remainder to A Place Called Home and BGC —and they are hoping to reach even more children this season.

From July 5th to August 18th, they will be distributing lunches at King Albert Public School (49 Glenelg St. Lindsay) from 11 am-12 pm and Queen Victoria Public School (11 John St. Lindsay) from 12:30-1:30 pm every Wednesday and Friday. Although these two schools are the main distribution points, any elementary-aged child from any school is invited to pick up a lunch, no questions asked.

This summer Food Source is partnering with Kawartha Lakes Public Library to distribute lunches every Monday from 11:30 am – noon from July 10 to August 14 at the Dalton branch located at 13 Rumohr Drive in Sebright.

The meals are free and healthy, consisting of a sandwich/wrap, fruits and veggies, cheese or yogurt, and a healthy baked treat. No registration is required: children and/or guardians can simply drop by the school to pick up a bagged lunch.

This program is funded by community donations.  KLFS is asking those in the community who would like to provide a financial donation that will purchase the ingredients to make these lunches to please donate to Kawartha Lakes Food Source or The Salvation Army Lindsay.  Please clearly indicate that your donation is to be directed to the Summer Lunch Program.

For further information about the Summer Lunch Program, please contact Kawartha Lakes Food Source at (705) 324-0707 or The Salvation Army Lindsay at (705) 878-5331 EXT 2.

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